Josh Hazlewood claimed his sixth five-wicket haul on Tuesday and his career-best 6/67 in Bangalore to break the Indian team’s fight back on Day 4 of the second Test match. (LIVE BLOG)
With Mitchell Starc firing from the other end, the Aussie pacers were lethal with the new ball on a treacherous Bengaluru pitch. Josh Hazlewood’s biggest asset is his accuracy and his miserly spells reminded of the legendary Aussie pacer Glenn McGrath. (SCORECARD)
Here’s look at Josh Hazlewood’s other three best spells in Test cricket -
5/68 vs India at Brisbane, 2014
It was a memorable Test debut for the New South Wales pacer as he started his career with a brilliant spell of fast bowling. After India posted 311/4 on Day One of the second Test, the lanky pacer had the visitors in all sort of trouble on the second morning with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin taking six catches.
His first victim was Cheteshwar Pujara (18), before sending back Virat Kohli (19) and Ajinkya Rahane (81) in quick succession. He came back to dismiss Ravichandran Ashwin and skipper Mahendra Sing Dhoni, who frustrated the Aussies with a 57-run seventh-wicket stand, in back-to-back overs as India slumped to 408. It was Dhoni’s last Test for India.
5/38 vs West Indies at Kingston, 2015
Playing just his fifth Test, Hazlewood was once again the pick of the bowlers for Australia. He was rewarded with the wicket of West Indies’ Shane Dowrich in his fifth over of the first spell when he nicked it to the wicketkeeper for 13. An over later, Hazlewood dismissed WI skipper Denesh Ramdin.
By the end of his 15-over spell, Hazlewood claimed another three wickets in the form of Jermaine Blackwood, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor to complete his fifer as West Indies were bowled out for 220 in reply to Australia’s 399 in the first innings. Hazlewood claimed 2/18 in the second innings to take the series award.
6/70 vs New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, 2015
Josh Hazlewood was the star performer for Australia to clinch their maiden day-night Test against New Zealand. After claiming three wickets in the first innings, the pacer tightened up things for the visitors in the second innings with figures of 24.5-5-70-5.
His victims included NZ openers Tom Latham and Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, James Watling, Mark Craig and Trent Boult. Aussies held their nerves to win the match by three wickets in a exciting contest.